Five Years Later, Police Examine Lessons From Newtown

Jan 12, 2018

Daniel Barden, one of the children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was 7 years old.
Credit Mark Barden

Connecticut state police have released a 74-page critique of their emergency response to the 2012 school shooting in Newtown. Twenty-six students and educators were killed in the shooting. 

The "after-action" report describes a scene of confusion as first responders from multiple agencies descended on the school.

Among the recommendations: better communication between agencies--including a special broadband network for first responders. It also calls for better identification of armed responders, and a better command structure at the scene of future active shooter events.

Police also suggest how to deal with the media to prevent the spread of false information.

The report has gone through two authors and several drafts. It’s compiled from dozens of interviews with first responders, medical personnel, school staff, and more. 

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative: Eight public media companies, including Rhode Island Public Radio, coming together to tell the story of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.